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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Shoring Up Timothy

The Charges
This morning we finished our section by section study of 2 Timothy.  This next week we are summarizing what we have learned through the study.  In preparation for that – well actually I was going to write about something that I saw in chapter 4 but as I pulled that string it got longer.  That happens to me a lot in Bible study.  I decided to take a look at all of the charges Paul gave Timothy in the letter.  Here is a complete list, take a look and tell me what you see:
Shoring Up Timothy
Verse Charge
1:6 Kindle afresh the gift
1:8 Do not be ashamed
1:8 Join me in suffering
1:13 Retain the standard of sound words
1:14 Guard the treasure
2:1 Be strong in grace
2:2 Entrust to faithful men
2:3 Suffer hardship with me
2:7 Consider what I say
2:8 Remember Jesus Christ
2:14 Remind them
2:14 Solemnly charge them
2:15 Be diligent
2:16 Avoid worldly and empty chatter
2:22 Flee from youthful lusts
2:22 Pursue righteousness…
2:23 Refuse foolish and ignorant speculation
3:1 Realize this
3:14 You continue in the things
4:2 Proclaim (my translation – I will do another post on why later) the Word
4:2 Be ready
4:2 Reprove
4:2 Rebuke
4:2 Exhort
4:5 Be sober
4:5 Endure hardship
4:5 Do the work…
4:5 Fulfill your ministry
4:9 Make Every effort
4:13 Bring
4:15 Be on guard
4:19 Greet
4:21 Make every effort

So What?
Note that all of the verbs except the first 2 and “solemnly charge” in 2:14 are imperative mood, commands.  However, “solemnly charge” is a particple that derives its force from the preceeding verb, “remind,” which is imperative, thus taking on an imperative mood by that association.

What are your observations about this list?  I will share mine tomorrow.

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